The OU men's tennis team plays its first match of the spring season Friday against New Mexico State.
Jan. 25, 2000
This Week: Oklahoma opens its 2000 spring schedule this week against New Mexico State at the Oaktree Country Club in Edmond, Okla., on Friday Jan. 28th. Match time is set for 4:30 p.m.
Scouting the Aggies: New Mexico State enters the contest against the Sooners with a duel record of 0-2. The Aggies fell to defending Big 12 champion Texas, 5-2, last Sunday. "New Mexico State is a good team," said Head Coach Paul Lockwood. "I don't think they get enough credit being as far southwest as they are. A lot of teams don't get to see them play very much. We've played them a handful of times in recent years and have always had good, close and competitive matches. But our players will be ready and hopefully we'll be playing well at the right time."
Last Year: The Sooners finished the 1999 fall season with a duel record of 0-1. That lone loss came against Notre Dame, 6-1, in South Bend, Ind. However, the Sooners were successful in the ITA National Clay Court Championship in Baltimore, Md. After losing in the first round, Sooners Charlie Roberson and Rick Warren went on to win the consolation round with victories over Tennessee, Michigan State, Mississippi and BYU. OU finished the 1999 season with an overall record of 13-15 and a conference record of 2-6. The Sooners finished seventh at the conference tournament. In addition, OU earned its third consecutive ITA All-Academic Team award, and Jave Rush earned ITA Academic All-America honors.
About the Sooners: Oklahoma returns all 10 of its players from the fall roster, including four seniors. "I hope we're ready because we've been working very hard. We've got four seniors in the lineup and I think they're anxious to get their final chapter written," said Lockwood. There a several new faces on the roster this season who will be gaining experience. Said Lockwood, "We've got some young guys on the team who are good players that are going to fit in well. We're still trying to piece together combinations in doubles as well as what the final lineup will be. I'm excited and I hope they're excited. I think they're the kind of guys who will get better as the year goes on. Hopefully by the time that the Big 12 Tournament and NCAAs get here, we'll be playing well enough to have a shot at the title."
Head Coach Paul Lockwood: Head Coach Paul Lockwood enters his 13th season at the helm of the Sooners' men's tennis program. Lockwood took over the coaching post in 1988 and has produced an OU and career record of 193-109. The 1976 Oklahoma graduate has coached 19 Big Eight Champions and seven NCAA qualifiers. Lockwood has guided eight teams to top-four conference finishes, and his 1992 squad won the league title.